Blair Estate 2013 Chardonnay
Roger Rose Vineyard

Our second Roger Rose Vineyard Chardonnay release. We purchased 2013 vintage fruit from our neighbors in the Arroyo Seco. The Roger Rose Vineyard is one of those classic A.S. sites - cobblestone soils, wind-swept cool climate - perfect for growing elegant Chardonnay. Twenty-five percent of the juice was fermented and aged in new French oak with malolactic fermentation; fifty percent was fermented and aged  in neutral French oak barrels, all having extended lees stirring. Twenty-five percent was fermented and aged in small stainless steel barrels to preserve the beautiful acidity and fruit character

This limited release of only 220 cases is trademark cool-climate Chardonnay. Tropical fruit and citrus character, with just a touch of warm, spicy, vanillin-oak. The wine's structure and refreshing acidity makes it an incredibly versatile match for a variety of foods: cream-sauced pastas, roast salmon, shellfish, chicken, you name it. We're really proud of this one...  

91 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine
  

Price: $30.00  add to cart

Blair Estate 2013 Chardonnay
Delfina's Vineyard

This is the debut release of our Blair Estate “Delfina’s Vineyard” Chardonnay. Only 125 cases were produced from just six barrels from the outstanding 2013 vintage off the estate.

Delfina’s Vineyard is the very heart and soul of the Blair Estates’ label. Named after our family matriarch and beloved grandmother, the vineyard sits on the very first property purchased by our grandparents in the 1920s.This hand picked "field blend" consisted of Chardonnay clones 95 and 809.

The free run and lightly pressed juice underwent primary fermention with cultured yeasts in new French oak barrels. Malolactic conversion, extended lees stirring, and nine months of aging in the new Francois Frere and Seguin Moreau barrels completed this complex, layered white.

As opposed to our lighter, sleaker “Roger Rose Vineyard” Chardonnay, our inauguaral “Delfina’s” is an unapologetically “big” wine. Intense apple, pineapple, and citrus aromas and flavors meld seamlessly with a pretty stream of vanilla, creme brulee, and spice from the new French oak cooperage. Our trademark cool climate acidity keeps the wine in balance, along with a streak of minerality. A perfect match with cream-sauced pastas or roast turkey or chicken.

Price: $45.00  add to cart

Blair Estate 2014 Rose of Pinot Noir

Our first ever Rosé.

From the beginnning, this Rosé of Pinot Noir was planned and treated as a separate wine. We did not simply “bleed off” juice in the oft - used saignée method, as an afterthought to making a red wine. Instead, we employed a short, limited maceration after the fruit was destemmed. The Pinot Noir juice then soaked on its skins for 14 hours, picking up the beautiful pink hue. It was fermented in a cold stainless steel tank to lock in the color and fruit expression. It fermented completely to dryness and then was aged for six months in “neutral” French oak cooperage. 

This debut, 2014 Blair Rosé of Pinot Noir is a serious “pink” wine. Our goal was an Old World style that would be bright and refreshing. But also one that would be a versatile companion to a wide variety of  foods. The nose and palate is full of ripe strawberry, cherry and watermelon. It finishes crisp and dry. Serve well chilled with a Salade Nicoise or an herbed   salmon steak fresh off the grill.  
 

Price: $20.00  add to cart

Blair Estate 2012 Pinot Noir
Delfina's Vineyard

New Release Summer 2014 

Our first full release of Blair Estate Pinot Noir. Only 481 cases were produced from the outstanding, 2012 vintage off our Delfina's Vineyard. Delfina's is named for our grandmother and is the heart and soul of our family label.    

The 2012 growing season was a textbook one in the cool climate, Monterey Bay - influenced Arroyo Seco appellation.. Normal winter rains gave way to average spring and summer temperatures. Warm weather in late September, moderated by our famous winds off the Bay, ripened the fruit for a harvest that lasted through mid October. The "field blend" consisted of Pinot Noir clones 115, 667, 777, and Pommard 4.

Whole berry fermentation was started with cultured yeasts in small open top tanks. The cap was manually punched down for optimum extraction and structure with soft tannins. The wine was transferred to a combination of medium and medium-plus toast Francois Frere and Seguin Moreau French oak barrels for malo-lactic fermentation and 10 months of aging.

In the glass, the 2012 Blair Pinot Noir displays a nose of rose petal, anise, and spice combine with bing cherry and strawberry. This spicy fruit tandem carries onto the palate, joined with a light touch of warm, vanillin-oak. Medium acidity and silky tannins give the wine weight in the mouth and carry it to a long finish. An incredibly food-versatile Pinot; try it with roast salmon, duck, lamb, mushroom dishes, or just about anything off the grill.

90 Points - International Wine Review

 

Price: $45.00  add to cart

Blair Estate 2013 Pinot Gris
Meador Vineyard

Our second Pinot Gris release. And it's as good as the first!

We purchased 2013 vintage fruit from our neighbor in the Arroyo Seco, the famed Meador Estate Vineyard. Fifty percent of the free run and lightly pressed juice was fermented and aged in neutral French oak cooperage, with extended lees stirring - to add body and structure without overpowering barrel character. Fifty percent was fermented and aged in stainless steel, to maximize the fresh fruit aspects of the wine.

The result is a limited release of only 218 cases that is everything a Pinot Gris should be: lush tropical fruit flavors allied to bright, refreshing acidity. Made in a drier, "Alsatian style," it is delicious now but will also reward patient cellaring over the next two to three years. It is a natural for sipping this summer and fall and pairing to lighter, outdoor fare: shellfish, chicken, pork, and seafood. 

 

Price: $26.00  add to cart